Entelect, through its Foundation programme, is mentoring and financially supporting 45 underprivileged school children this year. Beneficiaries' names were put forward by staff members who know them, thus forming part of the company's extended community. Entelect's commitment is to pay for school fees, books, uniforms and other related education activities until they graduate, taking on new recipients each year as the company grows. Coupled with this a team of 25 Entelect volunteers (and friends) are assisting the children and their parents or guardians on weekends with mentorship support.
From a mentorship perspective, children are broken into small themed groups according to age, including a class for adults, with a few Entelect volunteers leading each programme. Themes are broad and cover topics such as mathematics, languages, digital citizenship, career planning, entrepreneurship, IT literacy and financial management. The idea is to make the sessions as interactive, fun and personalised as possible.
"I think as professionals we forget the amount of knowledge and experience we have accumulated, and often take it for granted that everyone has the same support structures as we do. Simply pointing someone in the right direction, giving advice or helping an individual overcome a personal obstacle, however small it may seem, can have a significant impact on one's life down the line. Not only do the children and guardians come out of small group sessions feeling inspired, but so do the tutors - it's a win-win for everyone!" says Charles Pritchard, Entelect CEO.
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